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Old 07-22-2009, 03:28 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

My partner and I are just a couple of weeks away from submitting a de facto visa application, he is Namibian and I am Australian, but I just have a couple of questions beforehand.

1. My partner is going for his medical in 2 weeks, which is around the same time we will be lodging his application. If his medical arrives at immi before his application, will this cause confusion or will it simply be logged on the system and paired with his application once it arrives?

2. If I am writing my stat dec from outside Australia, am I able to write it on a plain piece of paper rather than on a stat dec form and therefore have it certified by the police here in Namibia. This is how it reads on the immi website: "The statements written by you and your partner can be on ordinary writing paper or a statutory declaration form." And from what I can gather, stat decs other than those written on a form 888 can be certified: "by a person or agency recognised by the law of the country in which you currently reside." Do I have this correct because if so, this would save me a lot of bother with having to send my official documents to be certified in South Africa, as there is no Aus embassy here in Namibia. I am assuming this applies to passport copies etc as well in this case?

I'm sure that there will be one or two other questions come up before we lodge but I think thats about it for now.

Thanks very much!



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Old 07-22-2009, 11:02 PM
 
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You can certify documents at your local police station, at a pharmacy, or even by your dentist. Have a look on the website there is a section that talks about it...

I'm getting mine certified at the police station at the same time i get fingerprinted for my police checks =)

I'd love to know about the medical too!


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Old 07-23-2009, 03:12 AM
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Hi all,

We are applying offshore, in Auckland, and living in Wellington. My partner completed his medicals in advance in late May and we submitted our application mid June. I emailed the 'contact us' generic email address to make sure that this was ok beforehand, and was advised that as long as we provided receipts for the medicals in our application, the office would be able to match them up.

Hope this helps!

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Old 07-28-2009, 12:05 PM
 
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Thanks for your quick replies elkitten and HannahLiam.

That's good to know that medicals can be done in advance....will make life much easier I think.

Also I think I will just go to the Namibian police to have all my documents certified. I thought I read somewhere that Australian passport copies etc must be certified by an Australian embassy official if you are outside Australia.....but I must have read it wrong.

I have another question.....what is the exact procedure with police clearances? My partner has applied for one from the UK because he lived there for over a year....but I had a mild panic attack the other day that perhaps the police clearances are supposed to be sent to immi directly from the police clearance issuing authority? Is this the case or do you simply send the clearance off yourself once you recieve it?

Also, my partner has a Namibian police clearance that is valid until February 2010.....is it ok to send that one or will he need to apply for a more recent one? We are hoping to apply in the next few weeks.

Thanks again for your help in advance.


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Bugger....I forgot one more thing.....we have a few friends who are not Australian and some who are Australian but are living abroad, who are doing stat decs for us. Do they need to have both a copy of their passport and their stat dec certified by a local authority or just their passport copy?

Thanks again.


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Old 07-28-2009, 10:37 PM
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Hi LovedUp
Re the Police Certificate, it will be sent directly to you for you to forward to Immigration. Just remember, you must forward the original to Immigration - not a copy. We are still waiting on our UK one - we applied for the quick turnaround (2 days) but the postage seems to be taking forever!
With stat decs, your friends must have the stat dec itself certified AND the copy of their ID. I'd even suggest the friends who are not Australian citizens and who are providing you with a stat dec or a letter of support do the same thing, and have their letter and ID certified. I am in New Zealand and had a JP in my office certify my docs, which was cost free. Friends in Australia had pharmacists at the local chemist, also for free, the pharmacist had a stamp which he used so he must get asked all the time!
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Hello--

O.k first off i found out something about certifying documents--in the states, police officers etc don't have "notary" powers so they can't do it for you. I would call your local office to find out exactly who has powers in namibia, the police might, but im not sure for your country. I managed to get mine certified at my local bank. I'm really not sure how it works in namibia though, sorry i jumped the gun on the adivice =)

Not sure at all about the aussie passport, but it should be fine to be certified anywhere--after all, the embassy will chek your passport number and they would find out pretty quickley if you faked it right =)

I'm getting my mother (not australian) to do a stat dec for me and ive gotten a copy of her passport certified and im going to get her declaration certified too as one would do in australia for good measure...

Hope your police clearances are going well--i just went and got myself fingerprinted today! Was kinda fun being in the booking room...i felt like i was on Cops! heehee.


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Old 08-03-2009, 03:06 PM
 
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@ HannahLiam...I will be sure to send the original police clearances off rather than copies...thanks. We are also waiting on one from the UK as my partner and I lived there for over a year....but it has been a while and the post over here is not so reliable....fingers crossed its on its way. I think I will get everyone to certify copies of their passports and the actual stat decs, even if they are not Australian....just to be on the safe side. Thanks for your help.

@ elkitten....My goodness you are an eager beaver...haha. I see you've been busy assisting people left, right and centre....nice one...thanks a lot. I just googled notarary publics in Namibia and a few lawyers popped up so they might be a good bet for certifying my passport....but Ill double check with immi first....although they are yet to reply to any of the emails I have sent them over the past few months.....wonder whats up with them there in South Africa. Police clearances are taking their time....but at least we can send them off after the application to get the ball rolling, so thats a bonus. I have a police clearance myself which I might just send off, even though they don't ask for the sponsor's one if they are Australian.

I asked this question earlier but it probably got muddled up in all the other stuff I was asking about: My partner has a police clearance from January and I was wondering if that would be ok to send or if it would be too old? It is valid until January 2010. Problem is that here in Namibia....things are not so efficient....especially government things.....and his last police clearance took 7 months to process.....not sure why since it never even leaves the building where you make the application and there are only 2 million people in this country....so I was sort of hoping the one from January would be ok providing a decision is made on his visa before it expires.

Any thoughts?

Thankyou people.


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Old 08-04-2009, 02:41 PM
 
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7 months?!?! wowza! Shouldn't they be good for a few months or a year at least then? I say submit it and see what happens....are you able to call the immi people in namibia to make sure? I mean 7 months, jeez! Tell you what, I need to call the immi people in the states here today anyway, ill ask them how long they are valid for =)

I just realized how much i have been posting on this site heehee--i guess i just like to share the information wealth is all =) Plus, due to the wonderful economic times we live in, im un-employed at the moment, so I have waaaaayyy too much time on my hands. At least by helping people on this site i feel like i am doing something productive =)


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Old 08-04-2009, 04:18 PM
 
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O.k just did my phone call (had to ask about payment etc) and I asked about police checks.

She said that most of the time they are valid for 1 year but it depends from country to country. I would assume that the namibian one would be as it took so long to process.


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